Day care services must adapt to survive

Posted on June 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

*By ADRIAN ASHURST,* Over the past three decades many day care centres appeared as large institutional buildings which were often difficult to access, uninviting, ill-equipped and often in need of extensive maintenance and redecorating. The Government acknowledged in 2001 that day services frequently failed to provide sufficiently flexible and individual support. Through lack of funding and other important social issues it appears that some day care centres catering for people with a learning disability have now become a “Cinderella service”. Some large day care centres in the past offered little more than warehousing and did not help people with learning disabilities undertake a wider range of individually tailored activities. The days of group basket weaving are long gone, banished to the history books – or are they? I know from my personal experience that many carers and parents and families relied heavily upon day centres to provide them with much needed respite during t

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